For my last night in Toronto, I stayed at Planet Traveler hostel. It’s on College Street near Augusta Avenue and just at the edge of the Kensington Market. I do recommend staying here. The shared accommodation is cheap, clean and comfortable. It has the 3 C’s of hostelling that are hard to come by. It has free WiFi and free breakfast. Hard to go wrong with free breakfast. I just needed the one night, so I only got to know my roommates for a short while.
After my visit to the AGO, I had to make my way to the hostel that I booked for my last night in Toronto. I wanted to spend an extra night in Toronto to just see a little bit more. The hostel was all the way on College and Augusta. I had to make my way from Dundas and Beverley to get there.
When I told one of my high school friends that I was going to Toronto, he highly recommended dropping by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) to see the Ai Weiwei exhibit. Thankfully, the exhibit had been on for a while and the David Bowie exhibit just started the weekend I was there. So basically, I wasn’t fighting to buy a ticket. The David Bowie exhibit had already sold out for the day.
I didn’t expect to find some good food along Dundas Street. When I lived in Toronto 10 years ago, I don’t recall coming down to this part of Dundas for food. However, there are definitely a couple of gems along this stretch of Dundas between Chinatown and University Avenue.
Previously on metrobabel: At the end of September, I had the chance to be in Toronto for a work-related meeting. The weather in Vancouver had already an added crispness while Toronto was still hovering in the low 20’s and high teens for temperature. [Toronto 2013 – Around the Royal York] After all the work meetings were done for the day and I had grabbed a … Continue reading Toronto 2013 – Toronto at Night
At the end of September, I had the chance to be in Toronto for a work-related meeting. The weather in Vancouver had already an added crispness while Toronto was still hovering in the low 20’s and high teens for temperature. It had been at least 4 years since I last visited Toronto itself. I had flown through Pearson International Airport a few times, but I … Continue reading Toronto 2013 – Around the Royal York
I’ve been busy doing other stuff lately and I’ve been sorely neglecting the blog. However, here’s a little video to hold you over. The video is a great timelapse video of Toronto. Having lived in Toronto for a year, I remember it fondly. Even though when I was there, it was less than a stellar experience for me. I do admit that the city has … Continue reading Toronto Tempo – video
James: TTC teeters on the brink of expansion – thestar.com. It pains me to see what has happened in Toronto. In the previous municipal government, there was the Transit City plan, which would have spread light rail across the city proper. There would have been 8 light rail lines, running on surface, that would have covered most of Toronto. Now with the new Rob Ford … Continue reading James: TTC teeters on the brink of expansion – thestar.com
PM announces improvements for tri-cities commuters – Prime Minister of Canada. It’s not everyday that I take my blog fodder straight from the Prime Minister’s office. Most of the time, I would say I disagree with most of what our current Prime Minister does. This one of the few projects that I can say that the Federal Tories have gotten right. Unfortunately, the press release … Continue reading LRT in Waterloo-Kitchener – growing region
Toronto Star >> Incineration – a recycling killer? Here’s a quick look at the question of incinerators, or waste-to-energy facilities, in Ontario. There has been some talk about setting up more incinerators in the Lower Mainland. We already have one in Burnaby. The article has an interesting look at Detroit’s example of how Detroit has a lack of recycling because of the 20 year old … Continue reading Incinerator debate in Ontario